Claire Benninger '17
What does being a Hotelie mean to you?
Being a Hotelie means being a member of one of the most well-connected and integrated communities in the industry. Joining the Hotelie community is not about being a part of a community just for your four years at Cornell; it's about joining a community for a lifetime.
What internship has most impacted your career plans?
My internship at Hersha Hospitality Trust has most impacted my career goals. I met and interacted daily with people who helped me learn, grow, and—ultimately—confirm my passion for the industry.
What is your main Cornell extracurricular activity? Why is it important to you?
I have held multiple roles in my sorority from chief financial officer to a recruitment board member. Throughout my positions, I have gained hands-on experience with money and people management. Through Greek life, I also met some of my closest friends whom I know will remain in my life long after Cornell.
"Although Hotelies may enter different businesses, the underlying hospitality theme drives our dedication to work around people every day."Read more »
"Thanks to small class sizes and professors' genuine interest in students' holistic development, I was able to find support through faculty in a way that I never had before transferring to Cornell."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means practicing business with heart. We learn plenty about profit maximization and good business practices, but when it comes down to it, a Hotelie will always place the guest and their happiness above anything else."Read more »
"Hotel Ezra Cornell is one of the hallmarks of my Cornell career. The chance to run a hundred-million-dollar facility for a weekend and create an innovative and educational conference for the world's top business leaders is incredible."Read more »
"Every student—whether they go into operations, finance, or real estate—leaves with a well-rounded education in business and hospitality."Read more »